Sport is an Australian way of life. It brings people together, transcending differences in language, ability, culture and beliefs, and provides physical, social and economic benefits.
Threats to sports integrity include competition-manipulation, doping, and behaviours that impact people’s positive experience of sport, such as discrimination or abuse.
Integrity in sport means that athletes, supporters and fans can participate and celebrate sport, confident in the knowledge that they are part of a safe, ethical and inclusive environment.
Softball WA takes integrity seriously.
All our members and participants have an obligation to protect and maintain the integrity of sport, as well as the health and wellbeing of our athletes.
We work closely with Sport Integrity Australia, the federal agency established to prevent and deal with integrity threats in sport. For more information visit the Sport Integrity Australia website.
Reporting integrity issues
Everyone from athletes, parents, support personnel, administrators and supporters play a role in protecting the integrity of our sport.
If you see something, say something!
Softball WA Policies
The following policies are owned, managed and reviewed by Softball WA.
- Alcohol Management Policy
- Authority & Delegation Policy
- Awards Policy & Procedures
- Complaints Handling Policy & Procedure
- Concussion Management Guidelines
These guidelines aim to establish a set of principles and standards to prevent, and effectively manage, any concussions sustained through the game of Softball in Western Australia. The Guidelines also include a POCKET CONCUSSION RECOGNITION TOOL which aims to assist in the identification of concussion in children, youth and adults.
Any participant (including players, coaches, umpires or scorers) with suspected concussion must be withdrawn from the activity, referred to a medical practitioner immediately for assessment and diagnosis and not to return to the activity that day. The effect that a concussion has on a participant can vary from person to person, depending on which part of the brain is affected. It can cause visible signs to those who witnessed the collision, including loss of consciousness.
Game Officials (head coaches, managers etc) should not be swayed by the opinions of players, coaching staff or others suggesting a premature return to play. Conversely, undue pressure must not be put on participants to make such decisions.A major responsibility of coaches is their duty of care towards their players and the players’ safety. This duty is highlighted when players receive a knock to the head and suffer a concussive injury.Concussion Management Guidelines August 2016 – FINAL
Additional Concussion Management Resources can be found via the below links:
- Concussion in Sport and Recreation – Department of Sport and Recreation
- Concussion in Sport Project – Sports Medicine WA
- Concussion in Sport Position Statement – AIS and Australian Medical Association
- The Management of Concussion – AFL Community
Financial Contributions Policy
Finance and Investment Policy
Hot Weather Guidelines
Member Screening Procedure
Representative Team Selection Policy (uploaded May 2021)
Representative Team Personnel Policy (uploaded May 2021)
Transgender and Gender Diverse Guidelines
Softball Australia Policies
The following policies are owned, managed and reviewed by Softball Australia. However, as a member state, all affiliate associations and clubs are required to abide by the following policies.
- Adverse Weather Policy (created February 2021)
- Anti-Doping Policy (updated February 2021)
- Anti-Doping Compliance Framework (updated February 2021)
- Australian Teams Policy and Procedures (updated Oct 2020)
- Awards and Recognition Policy and Procedures (updated March 2020)
- Critical Incident Management Framework (updated February 2021)
- Critical Incident Management Communications Plan (updated February 2021)
- Critical Incident Management Plan (updated February 2021)
- Concussion Policy (updated May 2019)
- eCommunications Policy (updated July 2019)
- Illicit Drugs in Sport Policy (updated Sept 2020)
- Match-fixing Policy (updated February 2021)
- Member Protection Policy (updated Nov 2018)
- Membership Policy (updated March 2018)
- Risk Management Policy (updated Sept 2019)
- Sports Science and Sports Medicine Policy (updated July 2020)
- Whistleblower Policy (updated June 2020)
Codes of Conduct
All members on and off the diamond, as well as parents & spectators must abide by the following codes of conduct.